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Offline hagsrus

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #45 on: July 08, 2017, 05:56:41 PM »
I used to live in Astoria early 80s and remember Steinway always seemed plagued by empty storefronts (though I never counted them). I do recall once seeing a fairly small storefront advertising "going out of business sale" in one window and "grand opening sale" in the other!

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #46 on: July 08, 2017, 07:39:30 PM »
well, i turned the corner onto 30th and there were six more between steinway and Sorriso (at 44th). that's 32 vacant storefronts in roughly the distance between 74th and 86th, 37th and roosevelt. i don't think we're quite that dire.

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #47 on: August 23, 2017, 07:10:45 PM »

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #48 on: September 25, 2017, 11:08:12 PM »
My evening walk got me wondering...
While 82nd Street has turned into a mall (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Sketchers, Foot Locker, GNC, Children's Place plus national chain fast food, banks and cell phone stores... even Target soon) it's sad to see some prime spots on 37th Avenue remain empty for months.  No, make that YEARS.   Ingrid's old hair salon at 79th Street.  The Gothic furniture shop at 83rd Street both spring to mind.   

Maybe the new strategy should be to start calling out commercial landlords for allowing their property to linger in a semi-abandoned state.

So who owns that Ingrid's space you ask? The NYC website points to a company called CAIMAN REALTY LLC  ( see how much they pay in taxes HERE: http://webapps.nyc.gov:8084/CICS/f704/f403001I?BBL=4-01278-0038- )
While real estate filings are pretty complicated with various holding companies, it looks like it's the same company that is also the owner of what also seems to be a pretty vacant building on 75th Street.  ( http://tinyurl.com/y865yrt3 ) as well as some other properties in JH.  No surprise here.. but it also looks like the person at the head of the company lives on Long Island, not JH.

It's a well kept commercial building, to give credit where it's due. And I get that landlords are taking write-offs to pad their tax losses... but for the neighborhood's sake they should do something with them in the meantime.  Imagine if Ingrid's were gallery of JH artists until a new store rented it.  Heck, you could even hang art in the window and keep the doors locked and it would be less of a blight.  There are probably lots of other ideas such as renting as a "pop up" store for the holiday season coming up.   It may even raise the value of the property and others you may own in the neighborhood!

Landlords aren't the enemy.  If you think about it, they're for better or worse part of what makes any neighborhood what it is.  So come on landlords, think of the community.  Better yet, lower your rent and allow someone to actually rent the property.  That Ingrids building goes for $52/sq ft and the last store rented for $14K/month per Street Easy ( that info is at http://streeteasy.com/building/78_19-37-avenue-queens#tab_building_detail=3

One other fun find..
So what's that building worth you ask?
Current year's total market value of the land: $1,100,000
Current year's total market value of improvements: $3,082,000 (it was $2,003,000 in 2012)
Current year's total market value: $4,182,000 (it was $3,103,000 in 2012)
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/ny-properties/assessments/Queens/3/37th-Avenue-22.html#ixzz4tkV2xb2d



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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #49 on: September 26, 2017, 08:22:38 AM »
During the recession, when Manhattan properties went vacant, and even newly built, luxury homes with stores under them could not be filled, many landlords used their spaces as exhibition spaces for artists, all at no to low cost (a share of any sales that take place).  The places looked more attractive with something going on inside them, and eventually, the stores rented and the pop-ups went away.  But there were many memorable exhibits, and there's no reason that can't happen here either.

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #50 on: September 26, 2017, 09:57:26 AM »
I did notice that the FOR LEASE sign is no longer there @ the ex-Ingrid's store.

Not sure if that means it's been rented.

Or the sign simply fell down...after such a long time...


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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #51 on: September 28, 2017, 01:42:37 PM »
I have inquired about using a few of these empty spaces as pop galleries. Either my calls were not returned or they were not at all interested. It's a shame because some of these would make excellent exhibition or even concert spaces.

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #52 on: January 21, 2018, 10:22:17 PM »
A few updates here:

The entire half block on 84th/85th north side is now empty. I assume this is because construction is due to start.

Another thing I noticed today was the Vitamin Shoppe in the 82nd St./37th Ave corner location across from the Rite Aid now appears to be completely gone. All products and store furnishings had been removed as of today.


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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #53 on: January 22, 2018, 09:17:21 AM »
Another thing I noticed today was the Vitamin Shoppe in the 82nd St./37th Ave corner location across from the Rite Aid now appears to be completely gone. All products and store furnishings had been removed as of today.

That's interesting because a week or two ago, I noticed a few emergency vehicles outside the Vitamin Shoppe—it seemed, from a distance, like the sprinklers had been activated, perhaps in error (I didn't see any smoke), and had been running for quite some time. (The sidewalk was flooded and blocked off.) I wonder if this caused significant damage and they decided to cut their losses, or if this was totally unrelated.

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #54 on: January 22, 2018, 09:30:35 AM »
that may be the case....last sunday (or perhaps the sunday before), i walked past and the gate was down, with a sign saying they'd be closed for one day, reopening on monday, and directing customers to the other queens stores.

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #55 on: January 22, 2018, 10:00:46 AM »
Another thing I noticed today was the Vitamin Shoppe in the 82nd St./37th Ave corner location across from the Rite Aid now appears to be completely gone. All products and store furnishings had been removed as of today.

That's interesting because a week or two ago, I noticed a few emergency vehicles outside the Vitamin Shoppe—it seemed, from a distance, like the sprinklers had been activated, perhaps in error (I didn't see any smoke), and had been running for quite some time. (The sidewalk was flooded and blocked off.) I wonder if this caused significant damage and they decided to cut their losses, or if this was totally unrelated.

Maybe what I observed was just cleanup from some sort of flood or mishap, and perhaps they will be reopening after cleanup. But it did appear most things were torn out/down.

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #56 on: January 26, 2018, 01:49:45 PM »
A few updates here:

The entire half block on 84th/85th north side is now empty. I assume this is because construction is due to start.

There was a thread about the development on this block, but I can't find it. Here's what's going up there:



https://newyorkyimby.com/2016/08/residential-expansion-of-35-64-85th-street-jackson-heights-still-not-a-winner-at-landmarks.html

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #57 on: January 26, 2018, 06:48:09 PM »

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #58 on: January 27, 2018, 02:15:23 PM »
I have not seen any application for a building permit nor have the Patel's submitted the required changes that the Landmarks Commission requested.

As of now, there seems to be nothing new except empty stores

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #59 on: January 27, 2018, 06:57:13 PM »
I had heard awhile ago hat Ingrids was to be one of those medical emergency care places for when you need to see a doctor.  I believe there is also another one NORTHERN

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Re: Storefronts in transition
« Reply #59 on: January 27, 2018, 06:57:13 PM »